Inflammation is our immune systems way of alerting our body to something wrong. While ‘Acute’ Inflammation – as a result of a cut, scrape and physical injury – is a normal part of the healing process, chronic inflammation however, is a sign of a more serious underlying problem with potentially serious consequences.
While there is much discussion over whether chronic inflammation is a symptom or a cause in many of the health conditions it has been linked to – it should be taken as a warning sign that the immune response is not working as it should.
Unlike acute inflammation – chronic inflammation usually develops as a result of one or a combination of the following:
- Stress and environmental toxicity such as pollution of our air, land and water.
- Medicines and vaccines, such as antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors acid reflux drugs
- Poor lifestyle choices, e.g. lack of exercise, smoking, high alcohol consumption and poor oral hygiene.
- Diet – typically high in sugar, saturated fat, processed foods and lacking in fiber and diversity
It is usually linked with
- Dysbiosis, an imbalance of bacteria in your gut that causes your immune system to overreact.
- Autoimmune diseases, e.g. lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and inflammatory bowel disease.